The 29-year-old actress, with the help of Whoopi Goldberg, made the big announcement just before the start of Wednesday’s show. After Goldberg welcomed Symoné to the stage, the actress embraced her co-hosts Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace. Raven also presented treats to the ladies.
“I am so happy. I remember coming on The View when I was 15 years old for The Cheetah Girls,” Raven-Symoné said after she took her seat on Wednesday’s show, adding that she came back multiple times since then. “I’m very happy to be sitting with these smart, talented mentors…Let’s have some fun!”
Symoné has been on the show 37 times so far, bringing attention and a bit of controversy along with her. Creator, former co-host, and executive producer Barbara Walters welcomed Raven to the show in a statement released by ABC.
“Raven-Symoné is a welcome addition to The View,” she said. “She is happy, amusing and well informed, and has already brought a unique perspective to the program that has resonated with our audience.”
The Empire actress also released a statement of her own following the news:
“The Disney Company has made another one of my dreams come true! Being a part of The View family will be a wonderful growing experience for me,” Raven-Symone added in a statement released by ABC with the news of her joining the show. “The cast and crew are warm and welcoming and has made the transition into daytime talk easier. I have a lot to learn within this new arena, but being the apprentice of these spectacular women will only make me a better person and talk show host. I want to thank ABC, ABC News and The Disney Company for believing in me and my potential!”
The show has gone through their fair share of hosts in the past few years. After comediennes Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy exited last year, Rosie O’Donnell returned, but eventually left for personal reasons.
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter | VIDEO CREDIT: YouTube